Supersonics/Thunder Career Point Scoring Leaders

The Seattle Supersonics became an NBA franchise in 1967, and played there up until last season, when they became the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The franchise has one championship, way back in 1979, and a respectable 22 playoff appearances.  There has been way too much talent in the conference though for so long, that the team hasn’t been competitive in quite some time.  But they have, like all teams, put some good talent on the court, and here is a short list of the Sonics/Thunder leading scorers to date:

Gary Payton (18,207)—Guard Gary Payton played in Seattle most of his career, from 1990 until 2003, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 18,207 total points.  Payton scored over 1500 points six times while with the Sonics, and his best season was 1999-2000, when he put in a career best 1982 points (24 per game).  Payton also led the NBA that season in 3-point field goals (177) and assists (732). 

Fred Brown (14,018)—Guard Fred Brown played for the Sonics his entire career, from 1971 to 1984, helping them win a championship in 1979.  Brown ranks second in franchise history with 14,018 points, and his best season was 1975-76, when he scored a career high 1757 points (23 points per game). 

Jack Sikma (12,034)—Center/forward Jack Sikma played for Seattle from 1977 to 1986, and he ranks third in Sonics’ history with 12,034 points.  Sikma scored over 1500 points three times while with Seattle, and his best season was 1981-82, when he scored a career high 1611 points (just under 20 per game).  Sikma also led the league in defensive rebounds that season, with 815. 

Rashard Lewis (10,251)—Forward Rashard Lewis began his career in Seattle and played there from 1998 to 2007 before moving over to the Orlando Magic.  Lewis ranks fourth in team history with 10,251 points and his best season so far was with Seattle in 2005-06.  That year, Lewis scored a career best 1568 points (20 per game). 

Shawn Kemp (10,148)—Forward/center Shawn Kemp played for the Sonics from 1989 to 1997, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 10,148 total points.  Kemp had his three best seasons in Seattle, scoring over 1500 points each time, and his best season was 1995-96, when he scored a career high 1550 points (20 per game).  He also had a career best 56% field goal percentage that year.

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